Police to Beef Up Presence on St. Patrick's Day

The St. Patrick's Day weekend enforcement period past year yielded 607 arrests related to impaired driving from alcohol, marijuana and other drugs.

"Our goal in conducting these saturation patrols is to decrease the number of impaired drivers on our roadways and reduce traffic deaths", according to the release from public information officer Jered Kramer.

The popular St. Patrick's Day holiday previous year left three people dead and 66 injured statewide as a result of crashes in which drivers were under the influence of something, the CHP said.

Police are also reminding drivers about the state "Move Over Law". Three of those fatalities and 63 of those injured were involved in a collision with an impaired driver.

The Waukegan Police Department will be conducting added roadside safety and sobriety patrols for the holiday period, including four additional roving patrols looking for intoxicated drivers and four seat belt enforcement zones throughout the city, according to a statement.

This new effort is imperative to stop drinking and driving.

Authorities recommend either designating a sober driver before partaking in any celebrations or to use alternate transportation, such as Uber, Lyft or a taxi service.

Don't let a friend drive if you think they are impaired.

The Lancaster County DUI Task Force and state police are stepping up DUI enforcement for the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app available for Android and Apple devices.

  • Jon Douglas